Ryback and WWE are still in the middle of a legal battle over The Big Guy’s name. WWE replied to Ryback’s lawsuit and have denied his claims.
Ryan Reeves legally changed his name to Ryback Reeves following his WWE exit. The company filed a trademark for “Ryback” in 2011, and then they renewed it in 2019, three years after Ryback left the company.
On May 15, 2019, Ryback Reeves filed an application for ownership of the name. The trademark office has yet to grant him ownership due to an on-going legal battle. Ryback filed legal documents on July 27th and WWE responded on September 4th. As reported by Heel By Nature, WWE had something to say in response to all of Ryback’s claims.
WWE combated nearly every one of Ryback’s claims except for a few which simply clarified the situation at hand. They simple replied: “denied” to the following statements in Ryback’s filing:
WWE is trying to say that they can use the Ryback name and fans won’t draw any correlation to the wrestler who uses that same name. Ryback is still fighting this situation in court.
Ryback legally changed his name to gain footing in this case, but it didn’t work for him either. He recently went on a long social media rant about WWE’s pettiness. This is exactly what he was referring to.